Food & dining

Insider: Join the East Somerville Foodie Crawl

Participants in last year’s East Somerville Foodie Crawl.
Participants in last year’s East Somerville Foodie Crawl.

Meander down Broadway Street in East Somerville and you’ll find many ethnic restaurants run by cooks who are emissaries for the cuisine of their native country. The East Somerville Foodie Crawl on Sept. 26 will show off more than a dozen of these restaurants that line the street. Starting at 6 p.m., pop in and out of eateries to nibble on a pupusa or chicken flautas from the Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant Taqueria Montecristo. Sample Blessing Caribbean Restaurant’s black rice and beef with okra, and bond with other foodies over yekik alicha, a stew made with yellow split peas, from Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant. Veer off the street to Garfield toward Deano’s Pasta for a sample of homemade raviolis steeped in marinara sauce. “This is the most ethnically diverse area of Somerville,” says Teresa Vazquez-Dodero, executive director of East Somerville Main Streets, a nonprofit dedicated to the city’s economic development and organizer of the annual fund-raising event, which began in 2011. “It’s an opportunity for the neighborhood to showcase its restaurants and for people to discover new places and authentic flavors.” The crawl stretches almost a mile. En route expect three beer gardens (one set up by Aeronaut Brewing Co.), music, and entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For details and tickets go to